6 Day Northern North Island Lord of the Rings Private Tour
6 Day North Island Lord of the Rings Tour
‘Hobbiton’ – ‘Rivendell’ – ‘The Gladden Fields’ – ‘Isenden Gardens’ Rotorua – Tongariro National Park – ‘Weathertop’
For those with 6 days to spare, this Lord of the Rings Private Tour samples the best sights that the North Island has on offer. Highlights include: A 2 hour guided tour around Hobbiton amidst beautiful Waikato farmland, the magic of an overnight in Tongariro National Park with visits to Mordor and Emyn Muil as portrayed on the films, a helicopter flight over breathtaking Mt Doom, a rafting trip down the River Anduin, Wellington City and the magic of Weta Workshop and Lothlorien, The best part is that this is your private Lord of the Rings Tour done your way. Sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of being transported by one of our expert local private driver guides.
Day 1 – Arrival Auckland
You will be welcomed to NZ and met by one of our friendly guides, where your epic journey through Middle Earth begins! Today we will take a trip to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower and view the City of Sails from 300 m above, wander through the bustling streets of New Zealand’s largest city and venture up to Mt Eden; a stunning viewpoint and one of New Zealand’s most famous volcanic craters. Tonight serves us up the possibility to eat in one of Auckland’s many waterfront restaurants as we watch the world ‘sailing’ by.
Day 2 – Auckland to Rotorua (4 hours)
Today we will head south from the busy metropolis of Auckland towards the lakeside town of Rotorua, famous for its bubbling mud pools, hot springs and maori culture. Along the way we will visit our first and northern-most filming site from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; the ancient watchtower of Weathertop, where Frodo was attacked by the Black Riders and the only remaining film set from the trilogy; the picturesque, peaceful village of Hobbiton! We will take a 2 hour guided tour through Hobbiton and its many hobbit holes, beautiful green rolling hills, vegetable gardens (real and fake) and even stop for a Southfarthing Ale at the Green Dragon! In the afternoon/evening we will head to Rotorua and enjoy a nice meal, possibly a traditional Maori hangi and cultural performance.
Day 3 – Rotorua to Tongariro National Park (2.5 hours)
We leave Rotorua today and head south towards one of New Zealand’s three Unesco World Heritage sites; Tongariro National Park. On the way we will stop for lunch in Taupo, a beautiful town situated on New Zealand’s largest lake. Arriving in Tongariro National Park, we are surrounded not only by active volcanoes and the beautiful Mangawhero Falls but several LOTR filming locations, including areas used to portray Mordor, the rocky wasteland of Emyn Muil and the stunning volcano of Mount Ngauruhoe, known by LOTR fans as the one and only Mount Doom! As most of these sites cannot be reached by road, we will leave you in the capable hands of Heliview, who will take you on a scenic helicopter flight, giving you the best views of these secluded filming locations. This evening we will enjoy a nice meal and a good rest at the picturesque Chateau Tongariro, ready for the big day that lies ahead.
Day 4 – National Park – Mangaweka – National Park (2.5 hours driving time)
Today we will drive to Mangaweka, where you will be taken on a full day rafting trip down the Rangitikei and Moawhango Rivers; entitled “Grand Canyons of the Rangitikei.” This tour is arranged by the river safety specialists for LOTR filming in this area, who will take you on your own breath taking rafting trip through gorges of enormous proportions, drifting through dramatic landscapes which portrayed the stunning “River Anduin.” On your return, there is a chance for a bungy jump, flying fox or swing! This evening we will return to National Park Village, where we will spend the night.
Day 5 – National Park to Auckland (4 hours driving time)
Today we head north back to Auckland, via the northern-most filming site from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; the ancient watchtower of Weathertop, where Frodo was attacked by the Black Riders. Along the way, we will visit the absolutely stunning Waitomo glow-worm caves. Waitomo has the most extensive underground cave network in New Zealand and is world renowned for its glow-worms, which you will be able to see in their natural environment. This is a must see for any visit to New Zealand. We will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening at one of many superb restaurants that our largest city has to offer.
Day 6 – Departure Day
Today you will be transferred to your onward travel and on to your next adventure. We trust that you have had ‘The Road Trip’ of a lifetime.
Tour Price :
Pricing – Based on an exclusive tour for 2-3 PPl in a private group- $3999NZDPP
4- 10 PPL- $3395NZDPP
10 PPl+ $2795NZDPP
5 nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotels/ motels featuring volcanic views from the rooms in location
6 days guiding services from your own private, professional driver/ guide
All transport in spacious luxury vehicle stocked daily with bottled water inclusive of all fuel charges
All airport transfers
The following attractions:
Hobbiton 2 hour guided tour
Rotorua Hangi inclusive of 3 course meal and cultural performance
Heli View 45 minute flight over the volcanoes including Mt Doom
Rafting Trip through the River Anduin
Waitomo Glow-worms Cave Tour